Meersburg and the Flower Island of Mainau
"The Meersburg castle"
Meersburg’s old Castle is set on a hilltop overlooking the town.
It was built within the walls of an old Carolingian palace in the 16th century.
The claim to fame with this building is that it is Germany’s oldest inhabited
castle, since its structure goes back to the 7th century.
Today the castle has finely restored rooms, including the state apartments,
and an excellent collection of weapons.
"Boat-trip to the Island"
From Meersburg (and other towns nearby) Ferries make the short trip across Lake Constance to the Flower Island of Mainau.
"The Flower Island of mainau"
The Island is located in Lake Constance (in German called Bodensee) a large lake on the Rhine between Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.
The freshwater lake sits at 395 m above sea level and is Central Europe's third largest. It is 63 km long, and at its widest point, nearly 14 km. It covers approximately 571 km² (208 mi²).
The greatest depth is 252 m in the middle of the eastern part
The island belongs to the Lennart Bernadotte Foundation, an entity created by the late Lennart, Count Bernadotte of Wisborg, formerly a Prince of Sweden and Duke of Småland - a historical province in southern Sweden.
It is one of the main tourist attractions of Lake Constance and a short Ferry ride away from Meersburg.